Shockwave therapy is a form of treatment which is non-invasive and which produces a positive effect by generating a series of low-energy acoustic waves, which would then be directly transmitted to a person’s skin through a gel medium. The technology was first developed in connection with breaking down gallstones, and it has now become effective in treating a number of other chronic conditions.
It is especially useful in dealing with lingering injuries, and it requires no pain=killers or medications, because it actually triggers the body’s own natural healing response into action. Even after a single treatment, many patients have reported a significant lessening of their pain, and an improved overall state of well-being. Shockwave therapy has proven to be a useful tool in treating stubborn tendons which have not responded well to other forms of treatment.
Benefits of shockwave therapy
There are quite a few benefits provided by shockwave therapy, including its tremendous versatility. It has proven to be extremely effective in rehabilitation efforts for someone who has been involved with a major injury, it has had wide application in sports medicine, and it has also proven to be very useful in orthopedics and several other medical disciplines.
Shockwave therapy has provided another tool in the arsenal for physiotherapists when treating tennis elbow, rotator cuffs, planter fasciitis, jumper’s knee, calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, and even a strained Achilles tendon. Any injuries sustained as a result of sporting activities, repetitive strain, or general overuse are good candidates for treatment with shockwave therapy.
Research has demonstrated that it can have a very positive effect on acute pain as well as chronic pain. Chronic pains have been significantly reduced or eliminated entirely, especially in the areas of the knees, elbow, back, shoulder, and even the feet. Shockwave therapy is not an expensive form of treatment, and for that reason it is extremely cost-effective when administered to any patient. Given the fact that it’s also a non-invasive form of treatment, there is never any prolonged period of recovery necessary for someone being treated.
There is no form of anesthesia required during shockwave therapy, and no drugs are necessary either before or after treatment. On top of all this, there are seldom any side effects reported by patients, and those individuals who do experience some type of side effect, have mostly reported them as minimal. After treatment, some individuals have felt temporary tenderness, swelling, or soreness, and this is due to the fact that the shockwaves trigger a type of inflammatory response.
This is actually the natural healing response of the body, and it is being triggered into action by the shockwaves. That’s why no drugs should be taken after treatment, especially any kind of anti-inflammatory drugs, since that would impede the progress and benefits delivered by the shockwave treatment. Since this is a non-invasive form of treatment, anyone who undergoes shockwave therapy can return to normal activities almost immediately afterward, with no recovery period necessary.